Abidjan to host the regional consultation on SDG Alliance 8.7 in Africa

The first sub regional consultation on ending forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour will be held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from 8-9 September 2016 in the presence of Ms Dominique Ouattara, First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire

Some 80 delegates from a dozen of African member States will attend the high-level meeting to discuss and agree on how best to join forces particularly in West and North Africa to end forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking by 2030 and to end child labour in all its forms by 2025. 

High-Profile participants include Senior Experts of the African Union Commission, the UN System (ILO, UNICEF, UNODC, DPKO, etc.), international and regional institutions (ECOWAS, AfDB, World Bank, IOM, INTERPOL, etc.) as well as the US Department of Labour (USDOL).

Main objectives

  1. Briefing on the Sustainable Development Goals, target 8.7 and related targets, and potential role of Alliance 8.7
  2. To provide a forum for Governments, employers and trade unions and other relevant stakeholders to discuss their respective role in the achievement of target 8.7 and their contribution to Alliance 8.7.
  3. To identify challenges and opportunities in achieving target 8.7 in Western and Northern Africa and how an Alliance might assist to accelerate achievements.
  4. To initiate a dialogue among tripartite constituents and other relevant stakeholders on the objectives and shape of Alliance 8.7 and provide suggestions for its functioning in West and Northern Africa